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We Need To Guide One Another Better.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5:58 PM (PST)

photo by Megan Thomas

Hey everyone.

The post flower moon vibes have been something else, huh? Can we please stop the massacres and disasterpiece human folly and just love one another?

Let’s start out today with this timely tweet from Max Berger re: Elon camping out with the Republicraps. Phew…it has been a week (and I do mean weak). At least I can spend time fan dreaming that She-Hulk, Daredevil and (especially) Jessica Jones might hang out and eat nachos together soon.

Anyway, we need to guide one another better. Pick each other up when we fall and not give in to our worst potentials. Not expect perfect victims. Have empathy.

What else…George Bush’s own mouth he slips and says that invading Iraq was unjustified …then everyone laughs. Dude is a war criminal. 1000s of dead Americans and Iraqis on his hands. Have some collective memory, America.

I have been defending Amber Heard from armies of utter TikTok morons the last few days, people who literally say things like ,”what power dynamics are there when anyone can call the cops and report abuse?”

Like, sit the entire fuck down already. Stan bullies who don’t respect boundaries and are falling for Putin lackey leaked curated talking points, wbk. I loved his movies too. It is utterly heartbreaking.

She never named him in the op ed. HE tried to get HER out of movies.

It is so so so easy to perpetuate hysterical women tropes before having all the information. Also, you’re full chest out thinking Disney and Warner Bros thought the face of their company should be a dude who calls women “gold digging/ c-m guzzlers” (who is on recording saying she didn’t want dime of his money and counter sued AFTER he initiated it)…and he boasts about sex with a Russian teen? Defends Roman Polanski. How is that or a massive spiral of drug addiction Amber’s fault?!

Maybe Disney wouldn’t care actually since they have basic overrated whataboutism edgelord Bill Burr in Mandalorian w every bro saying “ that’s my dog” while he defends Carano being anti Semitic on Twitter. I don’t want to hear any bullshit about Jason and Amber having no chemistry when Aquaman is literally the best DCEU movie to date.

So are we gonna power skip to MJ songs w Diddy and Morgan Wallen like morons as if nothing matters or are we gonna do any work to improve?

Other than that, been enjoying some Hekseblad and Vital Spirit tunes the last few days in between mindlessly singing When In Rome’s “The Promise”.

Anyway, utterly fuck the Daily Wire and any gullible shithead eager to join the ranks of their hateful disciples.

Amber has more than proven she deserves to win the trial vs. Johnny Dump (project your own fecal obsession much, diaper dude?) and it is revolting how people are pretending otherwise. This from a rocker who loved the Viper Room and Manson and yadda yadda Dead Man Jarmusch all that noise. Doesn’t mean I can’t notice when a former acting hero turns sour and abuses power. Real resorative justice is not played out like a revenge fantasy, public witch hunt that will affect whether SA survivors can speak out in the future as well. Lowering the bar for defamation suits so abusers with more power can weaponize the courts is not what a person who really gives a shit about anyone else would do.

In other bummer ass news, High On Fire’s Matt Pike is obviously a massively influential guitar God, but the lazy ass Icke fawning definitely was overdue for a great WTF piece like this reckoning. Matt, love you forever as a genuine hero to us all musically. Still, dude…please tone it way the fuck down and use this as a humbling moment to take the critique to heart. My own older sister got sucked into QAnon bullshit like this and when I showed her the origin links to the Anti Jewish and super bigoted Protocols of the Elders Of Zion conspiracy bullshit, she blocked me and hasn’t spoken to me… even since our mom died.

Don’t throw your meaningful role in the scene away to be another Iced Earth, dude. That already sucked enough for metal fans. There is a difference between curiosity or “free thinking” and questioning things or eating mounds of horse shit and then regurgitating it and focus shifting or downplaying the harm when people draw attention to it. That goes for Jon Schaffer or whoever. It reminds me of people saying “it isn’t that harmful” when I called out Brent from Mastodon for the F-Slur thing last year. Then I got a bunch of hate mail and saw comments mocking being respectful to queer people all over the internet because I cared about getting the band to apologize to the queer community. A band I loved, like High on Fire, Iced Earth, etc. for years.

Like Icke-stanning with the laziest of threadbare caveats, All That Remains or other band people similarly using F slurs and acting like it doesn’t matter is very privileged. Think of all the anti LGBTQ hate right now in this world and tell me it is overreacting to want people to be more conscious or not sound like 90’s jocks in the fucking alternative music scene of 2022.

Siri, play “Learn From This Mistake” by Down. Everyone listen and think about what it means to have a self reckoning. Yes, there are many reasons why I picked that song.

Sending love and healing to the Anathema camp today.

Lastly, CT is a safe state for trans rites and abortion refugees now.

Happy mental health month, assholes. Rock over London. Rock on Chicago.

PS…being out resourced doesn’t equate to justice.

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HYPERSPACE Fest announces stacked lineup for 2023

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 4:41 AM (PST)

 

Wrapping up their 2022 edition on April 15-17, Canada’s premier melodic and power metal festival HYPERSPACE is wasting no time presenting their lineup for next year’s 2023 festivities in Vancouver, BC.

The lineup for the fourth edition of the festival will feature headliners California melo-death warriors EXMORTUS, Edmonton Juno Award winners and heavy metal champions STRIKER, along with HMF alumni American power metallers JUDICATOR and fantasy metallers LORDS OF THE TRIDENT among many more to be announced for the three-night event from April 13-15. (current lineup is listed below)

Festival organizer Joey Hockin of Journeyman Productions comments:

“We’re keeping the hype going and rolling out the lineup for Hyperspace Metal Festival IV! This year’s festival was really special and we’re going to one up it next year with the mighty Exmortus headlining! We’re also excited to finally welcome Striker to the Hyperspace family after years of trying to get them on our stage. Next year’s festival is going to be epic and there are still more bands to be announced! We hope you make the trip to our city to join us for this weekend of melodic metal and epic times!”

Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hyperspace-metal-festival-iv-tickets-322242725667​

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/784033792568691/​

Hyperspace Metal Festival 2023 Lineup:​
Exmortus
Striker
Judicator
Lords of The Trident
Greyhawk
Traveler
Lutharo
Hrom
Medevil
Odinfist
Hyperia
Hyloxalus
Thousand Arrows

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Dutch Thrashers DISQUIET have published another video clip for their upcoming new album Instigate To Annihilate.  

The single is also available on all usual streaming platforms.

Instigate To Annihilate will be released on May 6th 2022 via Soulseller Records on CD, LP and digitally. It was mixed and mastered at Tomster Studios and features an artwork by Wouter Florusse.

With their third full-length DISQUIET takes you to the far reaches of thrash and melodic death metal, offering you epic heights. The band shows its determination to challenge itself and explore new dimensions like collaborations with vocalists Charlotte Wessels (ex-Delain) and Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist), guitarist Damir Eskic (Destruction) and Koen Romeijn (Heidevolk) and even an instrumental song for the first time. Even with all the innovations, DISQUIET has not lost its focus: Ferocious and crushing riffs, catchy sing-along choruses, and hints of old school thrash with uplifting rhythms that take you into the critical message called DISQUIET.


Tracklist:

01. Rise Of The Sycophants
02. Demonic Firenado (ft. guest solo by Damir Eskic Destruction)

03. Designed To Violate

 
04. Instigate To Annihilate
05. Wrecked (ft. Vicky Psarakis / The Agonist)

06. No Moral Dignity

07. Destroyance

08. Sicario

09. A Dying Fall

10. The Final Trumpet (ft. Charlotte Wessels Ex-Delain)

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TW: Rape.

Indian metal band DYMBUR, who draw from the power of the fig tree, Mixed & mastered by founder and guitarist Cornelius Kharsyntiew at Legato Recording Studio, the video for “Rape Culture” was produced by Andreas Nathaniel War and edited by Cornelius Kharsyntiew. The video is a chilling and intense experience, accentuated by the band’s somber and angry heavy sounds.

“The song ‘Rape Culture’ is an attempt to raise awareness on the rape crisis that is prevalent in India. With the country’s capital Delhi being termed ‘The Rape Capital of The Nation’, DYMBUR realized that it was high time that we need to address this issue. The song also talks about victims of rape such as Nirbhaya and Asifa. Off course, the other characters in the song are fictional but were an absolute necessity.

Beside this the song also show cases Khasi Traditional Instruments (Ka Duitara, Ka Mieng, Ka Bom, Ka Shaw Shaw) indicating the band’s shift towards folk metal, which we termed as ‘KHASI THRAAT FOLK METAL’” – CORNELIUS KHARSYNTIEW

Italian dark rockers CADAVERIA, the vehicle for Italian-based metal singer Raffaella Rivarolo, have signed to Time To Kill Records (Rabid Dogs, Fulci, 5rand) and announced an imminent musical splash.

We are very excited to finally announce that our new album will be out on May 27th, 2022. We proudly introduce you to “Emptiness”, CADAVERIA sixth album, coming almost eight years after the last full length “Silence”. We are very happy to have signed a deal with Time To Kill Records, that will release “Emptiness” in many physical formats: CD, double LP and cassette! Since now you can pre-save the album on Spotify at this link http://bit.ly/cadaveria-emptiness

The cover art was created by Roberto Toderico Art. There is a lot to say about its meaning and about the title… We will reveal everything in the coming weeks.
In the meantime we want to thank everyone who made this opus possible and all of you who have been waiting for it for so long!

On July 1st, traditional heavy metal’s Haunt will release their seventh full-length, Windows of Your Heart, via Iron Grip // Church Recordings. One of the most exciting, skilled, melodic and engaging bands in modern metal, Haunt deserve all the praise and more for their tireless drive and growing pile of anthems. Honestly, they are one of the only bands I really go out of my way to make extra time to listen to currently in rock. That is not to say there aren’t plenty of bands who I love and I listen often to lots of music, rather that Haunt is always rewarding and worth the attention in a busy schedule.

For a first preview of the record, a lyric video for the title track can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/5yAzfkp1bVA – on Haunt’s newly launched YouTube. Fans are encouraged to check the channel regularly for upcoming Q&A sessions, official interviews, new lyric videos for Haunt’s catalog, play-throughs from main-man Trevor William Church, full band in-studio live video recordings, plus behind-the-scenes tour videos.

To pre-order a copy of Windows of Your Heart, please visit Haunt’s Bandcamp or The Heavy Metal Store’s Bandcamp.

photo credit Andy Lei

L-R – Tim Brown – Guitar, Pete Klassen – Bass, – Dan Cleary – Vocals, Jono Webster – Drums, – John Simon Fallon – Guitar
Photo Credit: Dana Zuk

Canadian shredders STRIKER will be hitting the road in April and May 2022 to support Finnish heavy metallers Beast In Black for their first North American headlining tour along with Florida power metal warriors Seven Kingdoms. Band links and info HERE.

Before kicking off the first date of the tour in Orlando, FL on April 7th, STRIKER are unveiling their latest single “Strange Love” with a new music video that features the debut of the band’s latest lineup addition of long time friend and guitarist John Simon Fallon (The Order of Chaos). In Metal Riot’s estimation this is one of the most fun, intriguing and well executed rock mash of influences we have seen in months.

“Strange Love” is the band’s first new music of 2022 since releasing their previous single 2021’s “Deathwish”. The band is currently in songwriting mode for their follow-up record to their Juno award-winning album 2018’s Play To Win.

“When we wrote Strange Love we were dabbling in the dark arts of funk, and although it really doesn’t sound like it we drew big inspiration from bands like Extreme and Faith No More. It was a bit of a detour on our metal journey, but it was a lot of fun to record. We have one more song to release from that recording session too, which leans even further into that style so keep an eye out for that!” adds vocalist Dan Cleary.

Malevolence Drop New Single/Video “Life Sentence”

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 1:04 PM (PST)

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Last month, Malevolence announced their highly anticipated new album Malicious Intent (out 20th May) with blazing first singleOn Broken Glass, marking their place amongst metal’s heavyweights. With an impressive set of European tour dates on the horizon alongside the record of their career, 2022 is inevitably Malevolence’s year.

 

Today, the Sheffield 5-piece have delivered a decisive smackdown in the form of their crushing second single, ‘Life Sentence’. Accompanied by Daniel Priess’ brainchild video concept, ‘Life Sentence’ is another punishing masterpiece from these Steel-City savages.

Malevolence front-man Alex Taylor stated, “Anyone that has followed us for a while knows that Malevolence is capable of delivering a fairly wide spectrum of different sounds. Sometimes we want to write ballads, sometimes we want to write big choruses and sometimes we want to write songs that make you want to smash everything in your house to pieces. One of the hardest, darkest and most aggressive tracks from Malicious Intent, Life Sentence is dedicated to anyone that thought we had gone soft!”

March Actual Madness Metal Variety Hour.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 7:29 AM (PST)

Slaegt, 2022.

As Obi Won would say, Hello There!”

I feel like I haven’t been able to post much this month, buried in work at my day job and having also just low key started working on a new Walking Bombs record for my band. SOOO much killer shit is going on right now as well as the ton of anniversary milemarkers for classic albums that just went down. Maiden, Anthrax, Pantera, White Zombie…yadda yadda. They all had what some consider their best albums ever have anniversaries. Personally I think La Sexorcisto is the best White Zombie album ever and also that despite this awful hot take that without Jay and Sean the band during this era would have had infinitely less groove, grime and generational heavy metal riffage that defined a 90’s way to keep heavy alive. Not to mention what a beast Ivan was, the perfect drummer for that record in so many ways. Can you tell it is my favorite mainstream 90’s metal album?

I didn’t get to make a top 5 albums full aticle post for March but some killer records came out. My favorites I hope you check out this month are from Mares Of Thrace, Crowbar, Sundowning (not to be confused with the This Is Hell modern classic) , Falls Of Rauros and Slaegt. 

Also really looking forward to new Zola Jesus in May!!!

So yeah, just gonna blurb some stuff at ya. Super pressed for time and mentally fried right now but gotta keep the dream alive, baby.

June Of 44′- way too slept on these days despite being critical legends- have a new shirt to benefit Ukraine aid via UNICEF. Shirtkiller has the merch HERE. Putin is an absolute garbage person and a despot.

Onward…Bobby Lees! Great news. The Woodstock, NY (my area digs where I grew up) based blues ragers have signed to Ipecac thanks to Henry Rollins introing them. Fuck yeah. Killer band. Seen ’em live a few times and we have loved the records around here awhile now. Well deserved.

The Bobby Lees said of partnering with Ipecac: “We’re very excited to be on Ipecac Recordings! They have bands we love, and most importantly the label is run by honest, no bullshit people. They let their artists make their own decisions and we really appreciate that. It’s rare nowadays for a label to take a chance on a band that doesn’t fit in one lane. Ipecac welcomed us and that challenge with open arms. They seem to be a label that fights for the misfits and the bands that have their own pulse. As soon as we met them, we knew this album found its home.”

Peep the new shit!

The Sound Of Scars Life Of Agony doc is out. Go appreciate the realness.

Thanks everyone for reading and see ya soon. Sorry for the smoosh post of 90 different things but at least you have a buffet to choose from.

 

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J’adore The Exile! The new album (links here) from the latest incarnation of stompers Mares Of Thrace is a long hoped for victory! Blackguard’s Storm and this Mares record are both recent Canada-blessed releases that somehow took nearly as long as Chinese Democracy to arrive. What does it mean, hmmm? I don’t think anything (but all were worth the wait).

The chemistry of the performances and captured takes between vocalist/guitarist Thérèse Lanz add new drummer/bassist Casey Rogers is insane. Be prepared for one of the most satisfying and Earth moving heavy musical expressions of energy in human memory.

Thérèse Lanz answers my goofy ass questions below.

BATTLE BORN announce EP re-issue and tour plans

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 7:24 AM (PST)

Following their recently inked deal with Prosthetic Records, Southampton, UK’s BATTLE BORN have today announced plans to reissue their debut self-titled EP on CD via the Los Angeles based label on May 6. Originally released in 2020, Battle Born serves as an introduction to the bands intensely fun brand of power metal. New material from BATTLE BORN will be revealed in the coming months.

Speaking on the reissue, BATTLE BORN comments: “We’re proud to be re-releasing our debut EP, Battle Born, via Prosthetic Records – with a fresh remaster and a brand new bonus track, Hammer of Might!  We wrote Hammer of Might in the same sessions as the other tracks originally released on the EP, so it seemed like the perfect inclusion for the first step on our new path with Prosthetic.”

Revisit BATTLE BORN‘s self-titled debut here.

Accompanying the news of Battle Born‘s reissue, the band have shared additional show dates for their upcoming UK Ride for Heavy Metal tour – now including two warm up shows in the band’s hometown of Southampton as well as Bournemouth.

BATTLE BORN‘s UK Ride for Heavy Metal tour dates:
6 May – Firehouse – Southampton
7 May – Anvil Rockbar – Bournemouth
20 May – New Cross Inn – London
27 May – Frog and Fiddle – Cheltenham
29 May – The Bullingdon – Oxford
31 May – Corporation – Sheffield
1 June – Ivory Blacks – Glasgow
2 June – Satans Hollow – Manchester
3 June – The Station – Cannock
4 June – Underground – Plymouth
5 June – Golden Lion – Banstaple

WOLF release title track for ‘Shadowland’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 5:54 PM (PST)

Swedish Heavy Metal masters WOLF release their new single and title track for “Shadowland”, a hymn to all metal fans. The track, which contains swinging guitars, pounding bass and drums, topped with an incredibly catchy vocal melody that reminds of Ozzy Osbourne’s early career, is off the band’s9th studio effort, Shadowland, which will be released through Century Media on April 1st. Watch the video for “Shadowland”, HERE. The song can also be streamed on all major streaming platforms, HERE.

WOLF vocalist and guitarist Niklas Stalvind states,”Thank you all for giving ‘Dust’ such a warm welcome! We hope you will like the new song ‘Shadowland’ as well and give it many spins. A bit darker perhaps, and a bit more mysterious, showing another side of our new album. Nevertheless, 100% Wolf metal. Enjoy!”

The artwork was once again handled by the one and only Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond).
Shadowland is available to pre-order, HERE, and is available in the following formats:

·       Black LP + Poster
·       White LP + Poster (limited to 300 / available at CM Distro)
·       Transp. Red LP + Poster (limited to 300 / available at EMP)
·       Transp. Orange LP + Poster (limited to 300 / Band exclusive)
·       Ltd. CD Digipak
·       Digital Album
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VESSEL release “Misguided” official audio

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 5:42 AM (PST)

VESSEL invite you to wrestle with your soul today. It can be fun!

Tel-Aviv melodic heavy mettalers VESSEL have released a stomping, mid tempo cruiser called “Misguided”. The track showcses the falcon-cry of Bruno V Passy over admirable instrumental support from the band, scratching that hard to reach itch between the Slough Feg and Queensrÿche shoulder blades! Golden Robot Records continue to have a proven ear for talent.

California’s NIGHT DEMON ride on with style with their new cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Sun Goes Down.” Probably the most enjoyable Lizzy cover I have heard this side of the time I “saw” Lemmy play “Rosalie” but was so hammered from the Russian Vodka Room with Christine from the much missed Crusher Mag that I remember like three songs from the whole show. Kids, don’t get so trashed you can’t remember the details of shows you’d kill to remember years later!

Anyway, Night Demon aced this Lizzy cover and the vocals in particular sound SO smooth and good. On March 25th the popular heavy metal act will release Year Of The Demon (not to be confused with the semi-similar name of a pretty cool band, fyi).

Jarvis Leatherby (Vocals / Bass) comments: “2020 was certainly the ‘Year of the Demon’ in so many ways! Never in our wildest imagination would we be releasing (5) 7″ singles in a calendar year, and nowhere in our fans’ imagination would one of the hardest touring bands of the last decade be sidelined (along with the rest of the world) by this virus that demonized our lives. We are proud to finally release these songs as a complete collection and include the rare B-sides that only saw the light of day on the collector’s record player. Here’s to 2022 and the future bringing us all something more to hope for. We have a lot more to come this year!”

Comprised of the band’s five standalone 7″ singles from 2020, this 10-track Century Media collection features original songs, cover tunes, and previously unheard live recordings. Pre-order your copy of Year of the Demon at: https://nightdemonmusic.lnk.to/YearOfTheDemon. Really looking forward to it! Enjoy this top rate Lizzy cover below! Well done, fellas!

Tony Martin ‘Thorns’ Review

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 5:30 AM (PST)
In April of 1980, one of the biggest debates in metal music began. Who is BLACK SABBATH’s greatest singer? Is it OZZY or is it DIO? That debate still goes strong today with both sides feeling very strong in their debates. “OZZY is the best because he’s had all these hits with SABBATH!” “No, DIO is the best because he pulled SABBATH out of the slump they were in!” “Yeah, but OZZY was the original, so that means he’s better!”

 

I never understood how music fans, especially in the metal genre, can believe that the original lineup just means it’s automatically better because it came before any other lineup, and there’s no way to improve upon it. I mean, a new singer will definitely change the sound of a band more drastically than any other position in the group, but it doesn’t mean the band can’t be improved by that. Hell, if we would just stop paying attention to any band because they changed singers, bands like IRON MAIDEN, AC/DC or ANTHRAX wouldn’t be nearly as popular as they are today.

 

I’m a man who enjoys the first SYMPHONY X record with Rod Tyler on vocals just as much as their last one with Russel Allen. That said, I’ve always hated that argument. I don’t think it’s much of a secret that OZZY is my least favorite BLACK SABBATH singer (and yeah, I’ve heard demos with his first replacement, Dave Walker), and as much as I loved RONNIE JAMES DIO, he only ranks as my 2nd favorite BLACK SABBATH front man. I know what I just said is considered to be blasphemy amongst two very adamant sides of the BLACK SABBATH fan base debate, but of SABBATH’s other 243 singers they’ve had for albums, tours or even just demos (my math might be only slightly off), one man stands out as my absolute favorite. The man who could cover all eras of the band’s music on stage, and still have a sound that was distinctly his own, Mr. Tony Martin.

 

My introduction to Tony Martin era SABBATH was around 2000-2001 when a buddy of mine made me a CD-R copy of the Headless Cross album. Yeah, CD-R’s. Remember those? Anyway, I very quickly went out and located an actual copy of the album. I needed to know so much. Who was this singing this heavenly music? Who was hitting these high notes on tunes like “Devil & Daughter” and “Night Wing”? I’m that old school kid that had to have the actual cd or vinyl record so that I could get lost in the album cover while listening to the album. I had to read the booklet that gave me the lyrics, the band personal, and even the “thank you notes” afterward. That’s where I got my info. Tony Martin! That’s the guy. Well, luckily for me, Tony Martin has done a handful of records with SABBATH, all of them excellent in their own ways, but all of them criminally underrated, even by the fans of the band themselves. So, I checked out these other albums. Cross Purposes and TYR in particular stood out. Now, I know I’m doing a lot of ranting about Tony Martin’s under-appreciated contributions to BLACK SABBATH, but there’s a point I’m leading to here. Tony Martin began his tenure in 1987,and was the voice of the band until 1997 (minus a one album return from DIO). Remember when I said earlier that he could cover all eras of BLACK SABBATH? Well, during that time frame, he truly did. It wasn’t just him singing “War Pigs” and “Paranoid”. Tony was pulling out truly underrated SABBATH tunes. There’s a really excellent version of “The Wizard” from the band’s Cross Purposes: Live video release.

 

He put himself to the test nearly every night for a decade with the band, and here we are, 25 years after his last SABBATH gig, and I’m questioning if Tony’s new album Thorns was really recorded 25 years later, because right on the opening song alone, there’s no evidence the man has aged whatsoever. His voice is just as powerful today as it was when I was a teenager jamming out to him singing “The Sabbath Stones” (my all time favorite BLACK SABBATH song). I’m excited to be writing this today, because I just came home to find a signed copy of Tony Martin’s new Thorns album here for me, and I truly think fans of his SABBATH days are really going to love this new album, as he seems to channel the voices he had during his tenure, but with this new energy and power that he hadn’t quite put on full display in the past. Thorns opens with the incredibly powerful “As The World Burns”. I swear to Christ, this song slaps even harder than the “Headless Cross” song did when I first heard it, but it feels like it’s a natural fit for that record, but not in an overbearing way.

 

It’s very clear that this isn’t a SABBATH reprisal. This is Tony Martin’s album. “Book Of Shadows” is another big standout track on this album, opening with a dark ominous sound, before Tony comes in with a vocal style that feels almost like he’s channeling DIO as he did years ago when doing songs like “Die Young” or “Mob Rules”. This one might actually be my top favorite on the album personally. “Damned By You” is another that really deserves mention. It has the somewhat bluesy groove of an old SABBATH tune, with an almost Viking kinda vibe in the intro, and it feels in certain parts like Tony is channeling that voice he used to use when performing OZZY era songs, but he definitely keeps that to a minimum, like he’s letting us know he can still go, like 25 years hasn’t affected him at all. Meanwhile, 25 years have done quite the number on the rest of us!

 

“Nowhere To Fly” is the next one I have to mention. Again, it feels like a natural fit for the Headless Cross album, but harder and more powerful. This one made me feel like it should be the song in between “Call Of The Wild” and “Nightwing”, but as a bit more of a standout tune, if that makes any sense to you. “Passion Killer” is another standout for me, as it’s the track Tony seems to sing with a bit more growl and manages to switch between that and his high pitch tone with real ease. “This Is Your Damnation” is another great groove that I think everyone will enjoy. In a weird way, it feels like part of it is Tony’s answer to “Devil Went Down To Georgia”, but instead of Charlie Daniels slapping with that song, it’s more like Tony is hitting you with the same power it must have taken to get that image from ANTHRAX’s “Fistful Of Metal” record, except without the two left hands. When Tony signed the album for me, he wrote “Keep Rockin’”, which will not be a hard request for me to fulfill, because this is a hell of a return! One of the most solid albums I’ve heard in a long time. There isn’t a single song on this record that feels like it’s filler. It’s all supposed to be here, and it’s all going to hit you. Check it out now, ya muthas!